Okay, here’s the problem with the idea that oppressed groups can “alienate allies” by not being nice enough:
You shouldn’t be an ally because oppressed groups are nice to you. You should be an ally because you believe that they deserve basic human rights. Hearing “I hate men” shouldn’t make men stop being feminist. Hearing “fuck white people” shouldn’t make white people stop opposing racism.
Your opposition to oppression should be moral, and immovable. Your belief that all humans should be treated with equal respect shouldn’t be conditional based on whether or not individual people are nice to you.
I want my friends to understand that being “sick of politics” is privilege in action. Your privilege allows you to live a non-political existence. Your wealth, your race, your abilities or your gender allows you to live a life in which you likely will not be a target of bigotry, attacks, deportation, or genocide. You don’t want to get political, you don’t want to fight because your life and safety are not at stake.
It’s hard and exhausting to bring up issues of oppression (aka “get political”). The fighting is tiring. I get it. Self-care is essential. But if you find politics annoying and you just want everyone to be nice, please know that people are literally fighting for their lives and safety. You might not see it, but that’s what privilege does.
There’s been a a lot of confusing information about Alexandra Reid’s background. So I thought I would clear some things up, Alex is born to an
Caucasian father and a African-American mother in the state of Kansas. At the age of 15, she was signed under Def Jam. RaNia came into contact with Alex during preparation for her American debut. That’s all I have for now. I will continue to give you updates when they come. As for now, I’m just waiting for RaNia’s comeback to get more of a sense of who Alexandra is. Cross your fingers!
A group of veteran Finnish officers from the Wiking Division photographed in early 1943. Top row: Mauri Sautio, Heikki Mansala, Kauko Ingerö. Bottom row: Olli Somersalo, Kalervo Kurkiala, Yrjö Tenomaa.